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Be courteous to all, but intimate with few,
by George Washington

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few,
and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
- George Washington

Related topics: Friendship

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington PHOTO

True friendship is a plant of slow growth.
- George Washington

 

True friendship is a plant of slow growth,
and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity
before it is entitled to the appellation.
- George Washington

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
- George Washington

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.
Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
- George Washington

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Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent;
it is force.
Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
- George Washington

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother.
I attribute all my success in life to the moral,
intellectual and physical education I received from her.
- George Washington

Liberty, when it begins to take root,
is a plant of rapid growth.
- George Washington

War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy,
to accomplish our will.
- George Washington

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful
lessons from past errors,
and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
- George Washington

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
- George Washington

Over grown military establishments are under any form
of government inauspicious to liberty,
and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.
- George Washington

I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes
more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for
the abolition of slavery.
- George Washington

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
- George Washington

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire,
called conscience.
- George Washington

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing
and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person
of sense and character detests and despises it.
- George Washington

I walk on untrodden ground.
There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may
not hereafter be drawn into precedent.
- George Washington

Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind:
for your pocket-book not only suffers by it,
but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved.
- George Washington

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective
means of preserving peace.
- George Washington

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair;
the rest is in the hands of God.
- George Washington

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led,
like sheep to the slaughter.
- George Washington

I have no other view than to promote the public good,
and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
- George Washington

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone,
and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
- George Washington

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo
and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is
entitled to the appellation.
- George Washington

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation;
for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
- George Washington

The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
- George Washington

Nothing can be more hurtful to the service,
than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline,
more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another.
- George Washington

The time is near at hand which must determine whether
Americans are to be free men or slaves.
- George Washington

The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.
- George Washington

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions,
not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.
- George Washington

The basis of our political system is the right of the
people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
- George Washington

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive
a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
- George Washington

Some day, following the example of the United States of America,
there will be a United States of Europe.
- George Washington

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
- George Washington

When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.
- George Washington

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to
maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles,
the character of an honest man.
- George Washington

Lenience will operate with greater force,
in some instances than rigor.
It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.
- George Washington

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind,
war, banished from the earth.
- George Washington

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.
- George Washington

The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere
restrains evil interference -
they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.
- George Washington

Discipline is the soul of an army.
It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak,
and esteem to all.
- George Washington

Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.
- George Washington

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins
of liberty abused to licentiousness.
- George Washington

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance;
they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
- George Washington

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent
an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge
them after they have got possession.
- George Washington

Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.
- George Washington

Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government.
- George Washington

The marvel of all history is the patience with which
men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid
upon them by their governments.
- George Washington

The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress;
therefore no offensive expedition of importance can
be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated
upon the subject and authorized such a measure.
- George Washington

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it;
if we desire to secure peace,
one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity,
it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
- George Washington

There can be no greater error than to expect,
or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation.
It is an illusion which experience must cure,
which a just pride ought to discard.
- George Washington

My observation is that whenever one person is found
adequate to the discharge of a duty...
it is worse executed by two persons,
and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.
- George Washington

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality
can be maintained without religion.
Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that
national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
- George Washington

It may be laid down as a primary position,
and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who
enjoys the protection of a Free Government,
owes not only a proportion of his property,
but even of his personal services to the defense of it.
- George Washington

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law,
respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you,
send him to the cemetery.
- Malcolm X

Have a sense of humor about life - you will need it.
And be courteous.
- Peter Jennings

Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement.
- James Cash Penney

Conferences at the top level are always courteous.
Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers.
- W. Averell Harriman

Really big people are, above everything else,
courteous, considerate and generous -
not just to some people in some circumstances -
but to everyone all the time.
- Thomas J. Watson

A large nose is the mark of a witty,
courteous,
affable, generous and liberal man.
- Cyrano de Bergerac

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers,
it shows he is a citizen of the world.
- Francis Bacon

Greatness is so often a courteous synonym for great success.
- Philip Guedalla

A large nose is in fact the sign of an affable man,
good, courteous, witty, liberal, courageous,
such as I am.
- Edmond Rostand

It is better to have too much courtesy than too little,
provided you are not equally courteous to all,
for that would be injustice.
- Baltasar Gracian

You will be courteous to your elders who have explored
to the point from which you may advance;
and helpful to your juniors who will progress farther
by reason of your labors.
- Abbott L. Lowell

I don't know about friends, but what time I spent with
The Beatles they were very courteous to me.
- Peter Tork

I will provide friendly and courteous service and will
work closely with all departments in the county.
I will abide by the Texas Information Act in providing
information to the public.
- Anne Grant

When I am in the Scottish Parliament chamber,
I often feel the need to sit for the entire debate.
It's only courteous to listen to what everyone has to say,
although I often find myself desperate to say something
but too scared to stand up in case I regret it.
- Margo MacDonald


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